Are you brave enough to still hang clothes under the winter sunshine? If you do dare, line drying clothes in winter is very much possible.
I’ve been line drying clothes all year round, even during winter. I’ve found the method of freeze drying really works for me. Freeze drying or sublimation is the conversion of solid to gas, averting the liquid form. It’s the moisture in clothes transforms into a gas and jerked way without the need to evaporate. Continue reading and have some helpful tips of line drying clothes during winter.
Line Drying Clothes During Winter Is Possible
I haven’t used my dryer for years now, but I have one here in my homestead lying around waiting. It’s Mother Nature’s job to dry and freshen up our clothes here in my homestead.
I simply love the idea of energy savings, the way that we are reducing the effect on the earth, and the perfect way for our clothes to smell great without the overwhelming smell of a commercial fabric conditioner. I have to say that I totally enjoy hanging line drying clothes outside, feeling the warmth of the sun, and tender breeze as I smooth clasp towels, tees, pants, and so on. In winter, though it’s another story but still able to do line drying clothes and I making sure I’m protected.
Our clothes will definitely dry. That’s nature’s way! Here are few simple tricks to line drying clothes to make the process run smoothly and more enjoyable. Trust me, I doing these.
Before getting started, it is best to have something hot to warm you up. Here are some winter drinks for you choose from or simple hot tea or coffee will do.
2. Work Faster
One bed sheet or blanket is sufficient to freeze my hands so it’s best to wear mitts or gloves, pull it outside and toss it over the railing. If you’re using line drying, make sure to gather supplies, such as clothespins before getting started and if you can carry all at one time the better. That will save you a time of being outside in freezing weather.
3. Hang Shirts By The Hemline
Use clothespins to hang shirts by the hemline, rather than by the shoulders. This avoids unusual bunching in the shoulders, which can become a pain to get rid of when the shirt has dried up.
4. Avoid Crowding Your Lines
If you’re like me and just want to get the laundry done as fast as possible, and maybe, sometimes you do larger loads than you have room to hang it on. Fight the temptation, and give your clothing room enough lines to hang the clothes on. Crowding can result in wrinkles and longer drying times, as well as weigh down the line which could make your clothes drag on the ground.
5. Freshen Between Washings
If you have clothes that have been worn but isn’t precisely dirty, just go ahead and hang it out on the line and let it air out. For even more freshening power, make an all natural linen spray, spray on the item, and let it dry. Double energy savings! How cool can that be?
6. Bring It Inside or Let It Stay Outside
Bring it inside by the end of the day or let it stay outside all night. These all depends on the thickness or size for your laundry and if you have spun it thoroughly or not. Check it and if you think it already feels lighter, then you’re done. Allow it to warm up a bit and fold.
7. Don’t Forget To Smile
Don’t forget to smile. I truly believe smile will lighten up the load. There was one winter that I have my grandkids around and I let them take a picture me while during the line drying process. It was more fun than I imagined. Do it too, because you just turned yourself into a certified homesteader.
Want to see how to line drying cloth diapers inside in winter? Check out this video from MsDanaRyan:
A major part of homesteading is self-sufficiency and one can never be self-sufficient if you are always relying on the latest technology. As a homesteader, I really find line drying enjoyable, easy, and absolutely effective. Thus, it’s a method I am fun with no matter what the season is. I hope these tips help make laundry day this winter a little simpler. Enjoy washing!
Did you find these line drying tips helpful? Will you give it a try this winter? Let me know how it went in the comments section below.
Need more winter tips for your homestead? Check out these: Livestock and Barn Winter Tips | Homesteading Guide!
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